Spring and Summer are the perfect times to host an outdoor party. The weather is warming up, so you can stay outside all night and enjoy it. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about anyone spilling anything on your carpets. But before you host a backyard party this year, there are a few things you should do to fix the place up. This will allow you to make the most of your parties and ensure that everyone has a great time. Here’s what you need to do:
Clean Everything Up
First up, you need to take some time to clean everything up. You don’t want to host a party in your yard if everything out there doesn’t look it’s best. To start, simply go around the yard and pick up any loose debris. Broken tree branches, gardening tools you forgot to put away, and some trash the wind blew in could all be laying around your yard.
After this, start giving things a more thorough cleaning. If the house itself is dirty, consider renting a pressure washer or hiring someone to do it for you. This will blast away all the dirt that’s built up on your home, and you can even use it on your deck or patio.
You should also make sure any furniture you’ll be using is clean. Scrub down those fabric chair cushions or hose off your plastic tables. Sure, these things might get dirty again sitting outside, but you’ll still want to clean them before everyone comes over.
Finally, if you have a pool, you should clean that too. No one wants to jump into dirty or discolored water, so pump the system full of chlorine or hire a pool cleaning service to do the job for you. When that hot Summer day comes around and you want to use the pool with your guests, you’ll be glad you took the time to clean it ahead of time.
Do Some Landscaping
Next, you’ll want to fix up the yard a little further. Plant some colorful flowers, start a garden, trim back the tree branches, shape your bushes, or put down some stones. Really take your time to make the yard look beautiful and like a place you want to spend time in. If you’re unsure of what to do to your yard, here are some great landscaping ideas you can use for inspiration. You don’t have to do a lot – a few small touches can go a long way.
Give It Some Warmth
Even though the warmer weather is here, that doesn’t mean it can’t get a little chilly – especially at night. On those slightly colder nights there’s nothing better than gathering around a fire. If you have the space for it in your backyard, you should definitely consider adding in either a fireplace or a fire pit.
A fireplace rests above the ground, and there are many different styles you can choose from. A fire pit on the other hand goes into the ground, and will typically require some digging. Think about your own yard, and the budget you have available, to decide which is best for you. Once you’ve picked, don’t forget to surround the fire with some comfortable chairs, and to put the fire in a place that’s safe.
Upgrade Your Furniture
When your guests come over, it would be nice if you had something better for them to sit on than folding chairs or benches, or if the table was big enough to hold everyone. To make the most of your outdoor parties this year, upgrade some of your outdoor furniture. Grab some soft lawn chairs or even a couch. Choose stuff that not only matches the colors around your yard – such as your home or deck – but that’s functional. Think about how many people you typically expect at these parties, then get your furniture accordingly.
Lights and Sound
Finally, think about the lighting and sounds you have in your yard. Lighting is important if you plan on having any parties past sundown and you don’t want these lights to be too bright. Here are some great outdoor lighting ideas to get you started.
As for sounds, it’s a great idea to have some place where you can play music. Grab a Bluetooth speaker that can connect to your phone, then make sure it’s loud enough so that everyone can hear it. If you don’t want to do music, a water feature (such as a fountain) can add a very relaxing noise to your yard at all times.
Making the Most of Your Yard
With the above tips you should be able to significantly improve your outdoor space. Once you do, you’ll be ready to host plenty of parties all Spring and Summer long.